Khan Chaudhry Productions
Premiere: 26 April 2010, Sadler's Wells London
Duration: approximately 90 minutes with one interval
Gnosis is a new work by Akram Khan in which he combines his classical Indian and contemporary dance roots. It begins with Khan revisiting the classical motifs of two earlier solos, Polaroid Feet and Tarana. We follow him on a pathway of transformation, culminating in a shattering conclusion. Pursuing the idea of the 'knowledge within', it is an exploration of the inner and outer battles of characters, the human and the godly.
Drawing from sources both ancient and modern, Gnosis is also inspired by the Hindu epic Mahabharata, in particular the story of Gandhari, the wife of the blind king who blindfolds herself for life to share his journey. It explores the notion of inner knowledge and clouded vision, seeing darkness and yet being blind to light.
Khan is accompanied on stage by an ensemble of exceptional musicians from around the world and acclaimed guest artist Fang-Yi Sheu, from Taiwan.
Artistic Director/Performer - Akram Khan
Guest Artist - Fang-Yi Sheu
Faheem Mazhar - vocals
Sanju Sahai - tabla
Lucy Railton - cello
Bernhard Schimpelsberger - drums
Kartik Raghunathan - violin
Lighting Design - Fabiana Piccioli
Sound - Marcus Hyde
Costumes - Kei Ito, Kimie Nakano
Dramaturge - Ruth Little
Producer - Farooq Chaudhry
Technical Coordinator - Sander Loonen
Tour Manager - Mashitah Omar
Choreography & Music - Gauri Sharma Tripathi
Choreography - Sri Pratap Pawar
Improvisation - Akram Khan
Choreography - Akram Khan
ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage)
Sadler's Wells, London
The Point, Eastleigh
Subsidised rehearsal facilities provided by Jerwood Space.
Special thanks to Yoshie Sunahata and the wonderful company of Kodo (Japan), Gauri Sharma Tripathi, Mr & Mrs Khan and Shanell Winlock.
Akram dedicates this performance to his guru, Sri Pratap Pawar and to all the other storytellers who continue the fight to tell the myriad of wonderful myths to the audiences of today.
Akram Khan Company in Brazil is supported by The Rumi Foundation